Riding Out in Style
A Visual Guide to Women’s Equestrian Dress,
Side-saddles and Accessories

by Penny J. Housden

This brand new book, by the proprietor of ‘Side Saddle Lady’, is intended as an aid for students of equestrian fashion history and saddlery, re-enactors, and participants of historical costume side-saddle riding classes, and gives information on the English and European styles (which were also adopted in America and elsewhere) from the earliest times to 1910.

An A4 large-format soft-cover book, published by Penmarran Publishing in the UK, it is comb-bound so that it opens flat for ease of study. This unique and attractive book combines informative text with numerous pen and ink drawings (by the author), and more than 100 black and white and colour illustrations on glossy photo paper, from hand-coloured French fashion plates (several full-page size), cartes de visite and cabinet cards, and selected items from the Side Saddle Lady Collection of riding habits, side-saddles, whips and accessories. As well as riding habits and side-saddles there is also information on riding corsets, petticoats and trousers, hats, hairstyles, gloves and jewellery, boots, and riding whips, crops and canes.

Riding Out in Style will make a really special present – for yourself or your friends – and is definitely not a book to be missed. A copy should be on every side-saddle enthusiast's bookshelf! See below for pictures of sample pages and ordering details.

44 pages of text and pen and ink drawings, and 29 photo pages of black and white and colour illustrations (including cover); 6 pages of adverts at end for useful source of side-saddle related products and services. A4 size (8 ¼ x 11 ¾ inches / 210 x 297 cm). Maroon comb-binding with clear protective front cover and maroon leatherette-card back cover. 154 drawings and illustrations. New, direct from publisher.

Much nicer illustrations than in the pictures above (any distortion of the pages is due to taking photos at a slight angle to avoid camera flash glare on the glossy photo pages).

Ordering and Payment

UK: £25 + £2.95 p&p.

Europe: 30 euros + 6 euros (airmail shipping).

USA: $45 + $15 (airmail shipping) or $7 (surface mail).

Rest of World: £25 + £8.95 (airmail) or £5.75 (surface mail).

Payment is accepted via Paypal in UK sterling, US dollars or Euros (Paypal address to send to is: sidesaddlelady@tinyworld.co.uk), or cheque in UK sterling or US dollars. If paying by money order, it must be in UK sterling, drawn on a UK bank. Cash is acceptable in UK sterling, but is sent at the customer's own risk. If paying by cheque please make it payable to P. Housden, and send to:

P. Housden,
Side Saddle Lady,
60 Argyll Road,
United Kingdom.

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